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Dangerous driving in school zone concerns parents

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Drivers near Oak Park Elementary are speeding, passing stop signs, and going the wrong way on a one-way. Drivers near Oak Park Elementary are speeding, passing stop signs, and going the wrong way on a one-way.
Parents fear for the safety of kids and CCISD police will be patrolling the school zone. Parents fear for the safety of kids and CCISD police will be patrolling the school zone.
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Some Oak Park Elementary parents fear their children are in danger because of unsafe traffic around the school.

Oak Park is located on Leopard Street near Old Robstown road. Like any school, it is a busy place during drop off and pick up, but parents say the cluster is leading to dangerous driving in the school zone. 

"It really concerns me because my grandkids come here. The law needs to be followed," Sylvia Martinez said. 

KRIS 6 News went to the school during morning drop off. Within thirty minutes, our camera caught six traffic violations. Those included speeding and cars blowing through a stop sign. Despite this "Do Not Enter" sign, and to a crossing guard's dismay, several vehicles also drove the wrong way down a one-way street. 

One car went right past a school bus, while another drive decided to back up on the one-way as a kid rode his bike on the same road. 

"There's little ones here. They're just coming to school, they don't see what's going on in the traffic," Martinez said. 

CCISD police say that's exactly why school zone laws are in place. 

"It's for the safety of the kids," said Chief Kriby Warnke. "They don't really understand how dangerous it can be, but as adults we do, and we need to do our part."

CCISD has not received any formal complaints, but when we told them about these concerns they sent patrol units out to Oak Park this afternoon.

"We do not want to write citations we want people to comply with the law. But if you are violating the law and putting our kids in danger, then you will be subject to citation," Chief Warnke said. 

For the sake of their kids' safety, parents hope drivers will slow down. 

"I just wish that they'd be considerate about where they're driving, and to be careful," Martinez said. 

Chief Warnke adds that many local elementary schools have traffic problems when hundreds of parents show up during drop up and pick up. His best advice for drivers is to be patient with congestion and follow all traffic laws. 

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